4.5.31 Osteopathy

WorkSafe will only pay for osteopathy services by providers who are:

  • registered with WorkSafe to provide osteopathy services
  • registered to practice as an osteopath with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Refer to policy for Osteopathy including information about:

  • what can be paid for
  • who can provide services
  • expectations for service delivery under the Clinical Framework
  • referral requirements
  • reporting requirements
  • restricted consultations

See: Cost of services | Fee Schedule for Osteopathy Services

Applying for restricted consultations
  • the restricted consultation application form must be sent to the worker's Agent
  • Osteopaths should not use the restricted consultation item number until they have been advised in writing that their application has been approved
  • item number OS106 should be used for invoicing for completing the application form
Agent reviews the application
  • the Agent determines if the diagnostic criteria are met (refer to the ‘restricted consultations’ heading in the Information on Osteopathy publication)
  • if the criteria are met, the application is then forwarded to WorkSafe Clinical Panel who determines whether the proposed treatment is clinically justified
  • the Agent will advise the treating provider in writing whether their application has been unsuccessful
Appealing the decision
  • all appeals are considered by two members of WorkSafe’s Clinical Panel in consultation with the applicant, to determine the clinical justification of the treatment proposed
  • appeals can be lodged by forwarding a copy of the original application, the reasons that a review is being requested and any other supporting documentation to:

    Clinical Services Branch
    WorkSafe Victoria
    PO Box 279
    GEELONG VIC 3220

    Email: clinical_panel@worksafe.vic.gov.au

Accessing chiropractic forms

The Osteopathy Treatment Notification Report and Restricted Consultation application forms are available via the WorkSafe website.

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